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Chelsea Flower Show 2012 : The Rootop Workplace of Tomorrow

Winner of the Silver Flora Medal.

Influential Garden Designer, John Brookes has said After nearly 50 years of Chelsea visiting, this was not a memorable one. Designs seem to be going back to traditional, the moderns (except the roof garden [Patricia Fox for RBS], which I liked), looked very dated.

A hard-earned compliment indeed for Patricia’s first major show garden at RHS Chelsea Flower show. This ‘rooftop’ inspired concept, entitled Rooftop Workplace of Tomorrow, has been a critically acclaimed, much photographed, award winning design and was prominently praised throughout both consumer and trade media coverage of RHS Chelsea. It has also attracted substantial commercial interest from those who experienced it ‘live’. One minute it was being used as a backdrop to a photographic shoot featuring a most well known British medal winning Olympian; the next minute it was being used by Alan Titchmarsh as his favoured spot to introduce his first live BBC coverage of Chelsea 2012; the next Patricia was being asked if she could design a series of Penthouses in Chelsea Creek, London for St George. Rooftop Workplace of Tomorrow certainly struck a resounding chord.

Rooftop Workplace of Tomorrow is an extension of the working office and utilises unused urban rooftop space, turning it into a haven of relaxation that inspires and provides a thought provoking working environment, in the midst of a concrete jungle. Patricia’s visionary landscape design is a fusion of aesthetic, sustainable beauty and hi tech utilitarianism.

Sitting together in harmony throughout the garden are state of the art features and portable technologies—such as an outdoor 3x3m LCD Sports Screen, wi-fi connection and tablets (all provided by Toshiba for the purposes of Chelsea)—highly original planting and edible features such as a herbal tea bar (pick your fresh herbs from a live herb wall), and cutting edge bespoke furniture and stylish hanging ‘C’ shaped chairs (the modern take on the classic ‘egg’ chair).

With sustainability and ease of maintenance an integral part of the Rooftop Workplace of Tomorrow design, Patricia selected several ground breaking materials new to a Chelsea Show Garden (but not new to Aralia!), such as decking made from a fast growing bamboo which is lightweight yet extremely tough. This feature certainly drew the admiration of one Paul Mckenna who, it transpires, is a knowledgeable rooftop gardener and was most enthusiastic when viewing Aralia’s show garden.

Collaboration in design was a key part of Aralia’s approach to the Rooftop Workplace of Tomorrow. All furniture is from the Thomas Bramwell E-collection Range and is original, bespoke and made from up-cycled materials. It is outdoor furniture for clients who take the environment seriously but want a stunning look at the same time. When the weather is inclement (or ‘British’), a stylish shelter has been integrated which Patricia selected from Cube UK. It is a cutting edge modular Cube building which can be personalised to suit the user, and has a spacious and airy feel to it, with a chic and contemporary look. The soft landscaping scheme included calm and understated planting which has been used to create a very textural, structured yet beautifully delicate space. The colour scheme is a mix of green and silver blue foliage, and simple white flowering plants such as Yarrow (Achillea Millefolioum), Rocket Candytuft (Iberis Amara) and White Campion (Silene Latiflora). The main focal plant is a stunning Pleached Field Maple (Acer Campestre) to give some stature to the garden, a West Himalayan Birch (Betula Pendula) has been selected for its ashy bark which compliments the white flora throughout the garden. A Norway Maple (Acer Globosum) has been used to provide a natural ‘umbrella’ of subtle shade. Buxus cubes, Thymus balls and Buxus hedging provides the necessary structure to the garden, mimicking the ‘rounded square’ tablet inspired shape which is used consistently throughout the garden.

Patricia hopes to inspire anyone to extend their working offices into the outdoors, to help those busy workers of the 21st Century stay fresh and revitalised. Aralia would love to talk to developers who might be interested in contemporary roof terrace designs. She also aims to encourage people to ‘green up’ their rooftop and outdoor spaces whether it’s commercial or domestic, to turn it into an inspiring, beautiful yet functional space filled with lush planting to help sustain the environment.

Location
London
  • Chelsea Flower Show 2012 : The Rootop Workplace of Tomorrow:  Office buildings by Aralia

    Chelsea Flower Show 2012 : The Rootop Workplace of Tomorrow

    Editors’ Ideabooks with this photo
    Ideabooks: 2
    ["US"] Using green in an unexpected way
    ["US"] [Published] Using green in (30) unexpected ways

    RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW 2012 – ‘ROOFTOP WORKPLACE OF TOMORROW’ - SHOW GARDEN ‘ROOF TERRACE’

    Awarded 2012 RHS Chelsea Flower Show Silver Flora Medal

    Aralia Landscape Architects wanted to create an innovative and contemporary garden space for our RHS Chelsea Flower Show Garden in 2012. This garden was created around the concept of a roof terrace that would work as an extension of the working office, utilising unused urban rooftop space, and transforming it into a haven of relaxation that would provide a thought provoking working environment, in the midst of a concrete jungle. Sustainability was another main focus for Aralia, adding a green wall and living roof, as well as ensuring all of the bespoke garden furniture featured was made from up-cycled materials. The contemporary garden is for clients who desire a stunning look whilst also striving for sustainability. This show garden credited Aralia with our trend setter status, as it was here we featured the concepts of Roof Terraces and Green Walls, both of which have become highly in-demand and on-trend since. Finally, Aralia incorporated more innovation into this rooftop garden design by including state of the art, portable technology, such as Toshiba tablets and an LCD Sports Screen that sat in harmony throughout the garden.

  • Chelsea Flower Show 2012 : The Rootop Workplace of Tomorrow:  Commercial Spaces by Aralia

    Chelsea Flower Show 2012 : The Rootop Workplace of Tomorrow

    Editors’ Ideabooks with this photo
    Ideabooks: 4
    ["US"] Using green in an unexpected way
    ["US"] Amazing outside furniture for your home
    ["US"] [Published] Using green in (30) unexpected ways
    ["US"] [Published] Amazing outside furniture for your home

    RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW 2012 – ‘ROOFTOP WORKPLACE OF TOMORROW’ - SHOW GARDEN ‘ROOF TERRACE’

    Awarded 2012 RHS Chelsea Flower Show Silver Flora Medal Aralia Landscape Architects wanted to create an innovative and contemporary garden space for our RHS Chelsea Flower Show Garden in 2012. This garden was created around the concept of a roof terrace that would work as an extension of the working office, utilising unused urban rooftop space, and transforming it into a haven of relaxation that would provide a thought provoking working environment, in the midst of a concrete jungle. Sustainability was another main focus for Aralia, adding a green wall and living roof, as well as ensuring all of the bespoke garden furniture featured was made from up-cycled materials. The contemporary garden is for clients who desire a stunning look whilst also striving for sustainability. This show garden credited Aralia with our trend setter status, as it was here we featured the concepts of Roof Terraces and Green Walls, both of which have become highly in-demand and on-trend since. Finally, Aralia incorporated more innovation into this rooftop garden design by including state of the art, portable technology, such as Toshiba tablets and an LCD Sports Screen that sat in harmony throughout the garden.

  • Chelsea Flower Show 2012 : The Rootop Workplace of Tomorrow:  Office buildings by Aralia

    Chelsea Flower Show 2012 : The Rootop Workplace of Tomorrow

    Editors’ Ideabooks with this photo
    Ideabooks: 2
    ["US"] Amazing outside furniture for your home
    ["US"] [Published] Amazing outside furniture for your home
  • Chelsea Flower Show 2012 : The Rootop Workplace of Tomorrow:  Office buildings by Aralia

    Chelsea Flower Show 2012 : The Rootop Workplace of Tomorrow

    Editors’ Ideabooks with this photo
    Ideabooks: 2
    ["US"] Amazing outside furniture for your home
    ["US"] [Published] Amazing outside furniture for your home

    RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW 2012 – ‘ROOFTOP WORKPLACE OF TOMORROW’ - SHOW GARDEN ‘ROOF TERRACE’

    Awarded 2012 RHS Chelsea Flower Show Silver Flora Medal Aralia Landscape Architects wanted to create an innovative and contemporary garden space for our RHS Chelsea Flower Show Garden in 2012. This garden was created around the concept of a roof terrace that would work as an extension of the working office, utilising unused urban rooftop space, and transforming it into a haven of relaxation that would provide a thought provoking working environment, in the midst of a concrete jungle. Sustainability was another main focus for Aralia, adding a green wall and living roof, as well as ensuring all of the bespoke garden furniture featured was made from up-cycled materials. The contemporary garden is for clients who desire a stunning look whilst also striving for sustainability. This show garden credited Aralia with our trend setter status, as it was here we featured the concepts of Roof Terraces and Green Walls, both of which have become highly in-demand and on-trend since. Finally, Aralia incorporated more innovation into this rooftop garden design by including state of the art, portable technology, such as Toshiba tablets and an LCD Sports Screen that sat in harmony throughout the garden.

  • Chelsea Flower Show 2012 : The Rootop Workplace of Tomorrow:  Office buildings by Aralia

    Chelsea Flower Show 2012 : The Rootop Workplace of Tomorrow

    RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW 2012 – ‘ROOFTOP WORKPLACE OF TOMORROW’ - SHOW GARDEN ‘ROOF TERRACE’

    Awarded 2012 RHS Chelsea Flower Show Silver Flora Medal Aralia Landscape Architects wanted to create an innovative and contemporary garden space for our RHS Chelsea Flower Show Garden in 2012. This garden was created around the concept of a roof terrace that would work as an extension of the working office, utilising unused urban rooftop space, and transforming it into a haven of relaxation that would provide a thought provoking working environment, in the midst of a concrete jungle. Sustainability was another main focus for Aralia, adding a green wall and living roof, as well as ensuring all of the bespoke garden furniture featured was made from up-cycled materials. The contemporary garden is for clients who desire a stunning look whilst also striving for sustainability. This show garden credited Aralia with our trend setter status, as it was here we featured the concepts of Roof Terraces and Green Walls, both of which have become highly in-demand and on-trend since. Finally, Aralia incorporated more innovation into this rooftop garden design by including state of the art, portable technology, such as Toshiba tablets and an LCD Sports Screen that sat in harmony throughout the garden.

  • Chelsea Flower Show 2012 : The Rootop Workplace of Tomorrow:  Commercial Spaces by Aralia

    Chelsea Flower Show 2012 : The Rootop Workplace of Tomorrow

    RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW 2012 – ‘ROOFTOP WORKPLACE OF TOMORROW’ - SHOW GARDEN ‘ROOF TERRACE’

    Awarded 2012 RHS Chelsea Flower Show Silver Flora Medal Aralia Landscape Architects wanted to create an innovative and contemporary garden space for our RHS Chelsea Flower Show Garden in 2012. This garden was created around the concept of a roof terrace that would work as an extension of the working office, utilising unused urban rooftop space, and transforming it into a haven of relaxation that would provide a thought provoking working environment, in the midst of a concrete jungle. Sustainability was another main focus for Aralia, adding a green wall and living roof, as well as ensuring all of the bespoke garden furniture featured was made from up-cycled materials. The contemporary garden is for clients who desire a stunning look whilst also striving for sustainability. This show garden credited Aralia with our trend setter status, as it was here we featured the concepts of Roof Terraces and Green Walls, both of which have become highly in-demand and on-trend since. Finally, Aralia incorporated more innovation into this rooftop garden design by including state of the art, portable technology, such as Toshiba tablets and an LCD Sports Screen that sat in harmony throughout the garden.

  • Chelsea Flower Show 2012 : The Rootop Workplace of Tomorrow:  Commercial Spaces by Aralia

    Chelsea Flower Show 2012 : The Rootop Workplace of Tomorrow

    RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW 2012 – ‘ROOFTOP WORKPLACE OF TOMORROW’ - SHOW GARDEN ‘ROOF TERRACE’

    Awarded 2012 RHS Chelsea Flower Show Silver Flora Medal Aralia Landscape Architects wanted to create an innovative and contemporary garden space for our RHS Chelsea Flower Show Garden in 2012. This garden was created around the concept of a roof terrace that would work as an extension of the working office, utilising unused urban rooftop space, and transforming it into a haven of relaxation that would provide a thought provoking working environment, in the midst of a concrete jungle. Sustainability was another main focus for Aralia, adding a green wall and living roof, as well as ensuring all of the bespoke garden furniture featured was made from up-cycled materials. The contemporary garden is for clients who desire a stunning look whilst also striving for sustainability. This show garden credited Aralia with our trend setter status, as it was here we featured the concepts of Roof Terraces and Green Walls, both of which have become highly in-demand and on-trend since. Finally, Aralia incorporated more innovation into this rooftop garden design by including state of the art, portable technology, such as Toshiba tablets and an LCD Sports Screen that sat in harmony throughout the garden.

  • Chelsea Flower Show 2012 : The Rootop Workplace of Tomorrow:  Office buildings by Aralia

    Chelsea Flower Show 2012 : The Rootop Workplace of Tomorrow

  • Chelsea Flower Show 2012 : The Rootop Workplace of Tomorrow:  Office buildings by Aralia

    Chelsea Flower Show 2012 : The Rootop Workplace of Tomorrow

  • Chelsea Flower Show 2012 : The Rootop Workplace of Tomorrow:  Commercial Spaces by Aralia

    Chelsea Flower Show 2012 : The Rootop Workplace of Tomorrow

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